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disconnected Phone under someone elses account

Discussion in 'Android General Discussions' started by Risika, Dec 15, 2010.

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    Alright so My boyfriend bought a android phone from craigslist a few months ago because his htc was being all screwy and his upgrade was a few months away. It's up now and we're hoping to get the droid X because it's buy one get one free. but anyways...

    We tried to get it set up and switched to our account but the people at verizon said the number is still listed under the other person's account. the phone is disconnected and not a working account. but still under the persons name. does this make sense? I called the people told them they insisted that the phone was not under their name anymore. So my question is... is there anyway to fix this? I don't need to use the phone but I could sell it to someone else. I just don't want to screw another person like they screwed us. Verizon has told us there is nothing they can do. But there has to be something? :unsure:
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    The NUMBER probably is, but the phone might not be. You need to talk to them about getting the phone with your number, or your BFs number on the phone.
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    If they disconnected it recently, you have to wait 30 days for the phone (ESN) to be removed from their account.
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    or if there is any money owed on the previous owners account like a ETF fee you will not be able to activate that phone on your line until the previous customer clears that up.
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    Thanks everyone... We've had it longer than 30days so I now know that's not it. But good to know for future reference. I'm going to take it as an unpaid bill the boy was selling it because it was his fathers phone who had passed away. So I'm guessing the bill is not going to be paid. So it's pretty much a P.O.S. to me. We paid $100 bucks for it... any ideas on what I can do with it being that I can't sell it as a usable phone?
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    You can use it on wifi for internet, gaming, that type of stuff. But you can't use it on the 3G network.

    So you've learned a lesson, as many others have (don't feel alone or stupid) about buying phones off a Craig's list. No, not every phone on there is bad but it seems to be the #1 place to get rid of a phone that is either stolen, lost, etc. Try Amazon.com for a deal next time. ;)
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    You can also ask the seller for the ESN or MEID and check with Verizon if it is clean before buying.

    Alan
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    They don't lie when they say you learn something new everyday... good or bad.... I definitely learned my lesson that's for sure. O well.... could have been something worse I guess. It was a bummer but Being that I spent the $100 probably 2 months ago it's not really missed anymore. Not that it couldn't come in handy now XD

    Well thanks for all the insight everyone. Very helpful Forum!
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    if you want to recoup some of your money you can sell it on ebay as a parts phone. Those usually go from 25 - 60 bucks depending on the condition.
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